There’s only one small problem with the upcoming AEG Live Auction for Autism Speaks and it’s really not a problem at all…
Midland by AMC lead organizer Candy Chorice – a veteran of many Sandstone Auctions past – is bringing the event back after a several year absence. Sans the Sandstone name. And it will go down at the Midland as opposed to the now defunct Beaumont Club in Westport.
“We used to have them at Dick Clark‘s in Overland Park too,” Chorice says.”But this will be the first annual at the Midland, so we’ll be back next year.”
Chorice and the Midland are joining with the AEG run Sprint Center to insure the booty was bounteous. Which shouldn’t be a problem with 65 autographed items in the live auction, emceed by Johnny Dare and auctioneer Tanna Guthrie, with the notorious Nigro Brothers working as spotters and hype-meisters.
An additional 20 or so items with be on display in a silent auction.
What to expect?
“We have lots of super cool stuff,” Chorice says. “We have a Margaritaville blender signed by Jimmy Buffet and a poster signed by Bruce Springsteen. And we have a couple of guitars, one signed by Axl Rose and one signed by Slash – separately of course.”
There’s bad blood between the former Guns N’ Roses front men, as evidenced by Rose’s shots at Slash in a USA Today last year when he said (among other things), “Supermodel girlfriend Stephanie Seymour and original Guns guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan ‘did more damage to my ability as a writer. To those three, it was all crap. It beat me down so much. At the time of the (Use Your Illusion) tours, Slash and Duff said, ‘You’re an idiot, you’re a loser.’ I didn’t write for years. I felt I was hindered for a very long time.”
Back to the auction action…
“We also have Tommy Lee autographed drumsticks,” Chorice says. “And Bill Cosby actually gave us his personal sweatshirt right off his back.”
Did Chorice get it cleaned?
“No, then it wouldn’t be any good,” she quips. “It’s an actual article of his clothing that he offered us. I didn’t say, ‘Hey, take off your shirt.’ He also signed a Cosby Show DVD boxed set that we had bought.”
There’s more, a lot more…
“We got a Foo Fighters autographed cover of Rolling Stone. And Katy Perry autographed a poster and Taylor Swift and the Black Eyed Peas signed their CDs.”
The list goes on, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltry, Anthony Bourdain…
Here’s the deal.
The auction goes down Wednesday, April 10 at the Midland.
The doors open at 5 p.m. and there’ll be cocktails and appetizers for the $15 per person donations – two drink tickets per auction ticket. The live auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and with 65 items should take several hours.
See you there.